The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has opened the nominations process for the largest scholarships available to students and recent alumni from community colleges.
Through the initiative, called the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program, the private foundation will award up to $30,000 annually per recipient to help students and recent alumni from community and two-year institutions pursue four-year degrees at any accredited college or university in the United States and abroad. Last year, the Foundation received over 460 nominations for about 30 awards.
While 45 percent of all college students in the US attend community colleges, few private funds are available to help top community college students transfer to four-year institutions, in spite of their high levels of ability and need. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarships can provide funding for tuition, room and board, required fees, and books for the length of the undergraduate degree, generally two years. Each award can total up to $30,000 annually, through the amounts will vary based on such factors as the cost of the institution each recipient attends.
The Foundation plans to award approximately 30 scholarships through this program in Spring 2011. It will renew awards each year based upon student performance. Current Clatsop Community College students are eligible, as are alumni who earned a degree from a community or two-year institution since spring 2005 and have not since transferred to a four-year college. The Clatsop Community College internal application deadline is November 30th, 2010. Clatsop Community College students need to contact their faculty representative—Patrick Kane—by November 15th, 2010 to be eligible for nomination by the College. Mr. Kane may be reached at his office in Towler Hall Room 312C at Clatsop Community College. Also, you may email Patrick Kane or phone him at 503-338-2473. The final application deadline for all materials to be submitted online is January 19th, 2010. The faculty representative at their community or two-year institution must nominate all candidates for the scholarship.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to helping young people of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education. The Foundation provides challenging opportunities to high achievers from lower-income families through its Young Scholars Program, generous scholarships for undergraduate study, and grants to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions.
Clatsop Community College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.